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post #1961 of 3159
China has a lot of great quality audio stuff, and a LOT of really terrible quality audio stuff. Emotiva is a well known company that produces great amps, so they would fall into the good quality China produced category

http://www.amazon.com/Emotiva-UPA-200-2-Channel-Amplifier/product-reviews/B008O3AJLU/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

http://www.audioholics.com/amplifier-reviews/emotiva-upa-500-200-ultra-pre


Audio-GD is another great company I know that is Chinese, but they are more DACs and headphone amps. Their power amps are far beyond the price point needed here
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Originally Posted by bumblebee1980 View Post

http://www.akitika.com/

edit: if you don't think you are up to the task

http://shop.emotiva.com/collections/amplifiers/products/a100

30 day return policy no questions asked, free shipping, made in USA. I used to own a XPA-5 in my home theater thumb.gif

Quote:
Originally Posted by EniGma1987 View Post

That Akitika amp has some nice specs except for damping factor, but it is closer to the bottom of the power the speakers want. Those B&W 685s are really low on efficiency so the amp will really only be able to push them to about 100db. Past that you will drive the amp into distortion. It will be fine for regular listening most of the time but you will want something probably rated closer to 80w if you want to be able to turn the speakers up a bit every now and then. Many people dont reallize that they often hit levels higher than 100db when listening to music.

These are the types of amps I deal with normally and it would provide enough power and is within your budget. Just dont crank the speakers *too* much or they will blow because these amps can keep giving well over what the speakers can take:
http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/XLI800/
http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/XLS1000/
http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/GX3/

The design is also not very "home amp friendly"

Edit:
This is probably the amp I would go with:
http://shop.emotiva.com/collections/amplifiers/products/upa200


Thanks for the input, Ill look into them.
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post #1963 of 3159
oh that's right the "designed in USA" my apologies.

and yeah Emotiva is a staple in the home theater community.

if you step up to the UPA-200 you will need a pre-amplifier.
    
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post #1964 of 3159
today got these acient Akai Headphones $8~

ASE-45 dynamic headphones... really nice shape for their age cleaned up pretty well... sound pretty good actually very comfortable.


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Good to see you posting again atarione. I did notice the background on your monitors. thumb.gif
    
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Finally after a year-long wait I got to properly listen to the HiFiMAN HE-400's at a fair, I was rather impressed. I got a deal of -25% off the price so I just could not resist the temptation... My faithful Sennheiser HD 555's decided to finally give up after 8 years of service a while ago so it was well timed. The good old Yeti will work as a headphone stand for now thumb.gif

I also head a pair of MBL 101E MKII's there... Holy moly freaking cow, they were easily the most amazing speakers I've ever heard. The setup was worth some 200k € so they better be biggrin.gif

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Quote:
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Finally after a year-long wait I got to properly listen to the HiFiMAN HE-400's at a fair, I was rather impressed. I got a deal of -25% off the price so I just could not resist the temptation... My faithful Sennheiser HD 555's decided to finally give up after 8 years of service a while ago so it was well timed. The good old Yeti will work as a headphone stand for now thumb.gif

I also head a pair of MBL 101E MKII's there... Holy moly freaking cow, they were easily the most amazing speakers I've ever heard. The setup was worth some 200k € so they better be biggrin.gif


Good for you! thumb.gif
    
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When The Stig uses one of the rigs here for his "turbocharger" tongue.gif
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Got my Aune T1 DAC and headphone amp today. Loving it so far and it replaced my slowly dying Titanium HD. Saw it on Massdrop for $120 so I just had to snatch it up.

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Today I bought this little beauty which plays better then DACs many times its size and many times its price! tongue.gif

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